Home Ministry directed to disclose FIR and charge sheet filed by Delhi Police on assassination of Mahatma Gandhi

Central Information Commission (CIC): The
FIR and charge sheet filed by Delhi Police on the assassination of Mahatma
Gandhi must be disclosed, directed CIC while disposing of an appeal filed by an
RTI activist in the matter. Said order of the Commission came upon an appeal
filed by an RTI activist from Odisha who had made a seven-point application to
the Ministry of Home Affairs seeking a copy of the FIR and charge sheet among
other pieces of information including whether any post mortem was done as per
law. The Ministry of Home Affairs forwarded the application to the National
Archives of India and the Director of Gandhi Samriti and Darshan Samiti. It was
informed by Gandhi Samriti and Darshan Samiti that no post-mortem examination
was performed in the case as per the wishes of the family. Regarding the
information on FIR and charge sheet, Gandhi Samriti and Darshan Samiti
responded that they do no have any information related to the same as the
investigation was carried out by Tughlak Road Police Station which had registered
the FIR after the assassination. The National Archives of India also informed
the appellant that he might visit its office to find out information required
by him in keeping with the provisions of the Public Records Act, 1993 and
Public Records Rules, 1997. While disposing of the appeal, CIC directed
Ministry of Home Affairs to attempt another search in the matter and provide
information to appellant. It was further directed that if the information in
question is not available in Ministry of Home Affairs or Tughlak Road Police
Station, the CPIO of the Home Ministry shall inform the appellant in writing. [Hemanta Panda v. National Archives of
India, 2015 SCC OnLine CIC 2125, decided on 25.06.2015]
Source: Legal news India

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